Latest posts by KT53

Privacy problems

Posted: 30/01/2017 at 15:07

Bamboo will give extra height, but it's value as a screen is extremely limited.  I had a bamboo covering an area approximately 10 ft x 4 ft and could still see straight through it.

The dreaded Leylandii would certainly create a fast growing screen, but would need regular cutting to keep it under control. 

Birds attacking onions

Posted: 28/01/2017 at 18:02

I read somewhere recently that the advice now when planting onion sets is to completely bury them, as opposed to previous thinking of having the top exposed.  By burying them, just below the surface, the roots have a chance to develop and anchor the onions before the birds can try to pull them up.

Memories of your childhood gardens

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 08:06

Because my dad was in the RAF we never did much with the garden at home.  Mum kept it tidy, planted some annuals and salad crops but that was about it.

The garden memory for me is our yearly visit to my Gran in Scotland for our summer holidays.  She had gooseberry bushes along one side of the path, and we were allowed to help ourselves.  The sight and smell of 'goosegogs' still bring those memories, from over half a century ago, flooding back.

Edging Tools - University Project Help

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 18:35

I'm assuming you are talking about the half moon edging tool.  For me the main problem tends to be that the handle is too short.  I've got over that by buying the Wolf interchangeable tools and using one of the longer handles.

Re-Felting Shed Roofs.

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 07:53

Not bragging aym.  DHR did the work himself - that's something to brag about.  I just know a 'man who can'

Re-Felting Shed Roofs.

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 19:38

We went one step further on our shed.  Got the pro's in with all  the mastic goo and heat guns to do what hopefully will be a permanent job.  Thankfully the pro is my brother-in-law so all it cost was materials and a couple of pints.  Result

Notifications have stopped....

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 19:35

Nope.  I'm still receiving notifications.

Help, my neighbours extension has spoilt my garden!

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 19:34
Peter36 says:

.I thought that a permanent building over 3m high had to be built at least 2m from a neighbouring boundary.Even a normal shed should be at least 1m from a boundary.From your second photo,it looks like the extension is almost on your boundary.

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 I'm not sure that info is correct, maybe it varies between local authorities.  All the garages on the properties along our road are built right on the boundary, and the people 2 houses down from us are having a 2 storey extension built which is also virtually against the boundary line.

Likewise our conservatory, and that of our neighbour have the wall within about 9" of the property boundary and passed all building regs checks etc.

Back copy wanted

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 15:34

The Feb edition is in all our local shops now.  The January one has been removed, if any remained.  Back issues can be obtained from here.


Help, my neighbours extension has spoilt my garden!

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 15:31
Doghouse Riley says:

"Speaking from a lifetime of experience,"

I've found that people will often say "No" if you ask them if you can do something, where if you just go ahead and do it, few will have the courage or interest to say you shouldn't have done so.

I wouldn't give it a second thought, but then that's just me.

They're hardly going to take you to court over a few eyes screwed into what is effectively now a "party fence."

Last edited: 25 January 2017 14:00:55

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 Maybe not take them to court, but my mother's neighbours tried your approach.  Mum's garage wall was about 9" inside the boundary line.  The new neighbours ripped down the fence along the side of the garage and started drilling the wall to fix trellis etc to it.  Mum told them to stop as (a) the boundary fence was mum's property and (b) she didn't want holes drilled into the garage which was on her land.

She also made them reinstate the fence.  Relations were a bit frosty after that, but they didn't stay long anyway.  Had they had the courtesy to ask before they started, the answer would have been "No" but they could have saved themselves the expense of reinstating the fence.

The fence between me and my neighbour is my property and my neighbour asked if I would mine him painting it.  We agreed on the colour and I supplied the materials whilst he did the work.  He had expected to buy the materials himself so he was well chuffed.  Two very different attitudes, and two very different outcomes.

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